In July of 2017 I moved to St. Augustine, Florida. Although I loved living in my wonderful yellow farmhouse in New England, it was sooo much work. Not to mention the expense of keeping such a huge place going.
As I’ve always done, I put my heart & soul into that place, and now a lovely young couple are enjoying my extensive gardens etc.
Moving was difficult, but I LOVE it here in St. Augustine! And, although I’m posting recipes from a ‘warmer clime’, the love and joy behind each recipe remains the same.
My family and I moved lots and lots of times – at last count around 20 times! And not all those moves were in the States. We lived in Quebec, Canada, where we had a wonderful 132 acre farm. I sometimes cooked on an old wood stove while living in Quebec and enjoyed it very much. And we lived in the tiny island country of Malta, where I had a very tiny (by American standards) oven – and I still have scars on my hands from trying to remove things from that oven.
I know some people absolutely hate to cook, and that may be because they’re making a chore out of it. Cooking should be enjoyable and fun. And, for me, the fun comes from cooking, serving and eating with lots of love! Delicious food can be made from the simplest ingredients, as long as it’s cooked with love. At times, especially early in our marriage, we had very little money but we still ate well.
So many of our happiest memories revolve around enjoying great food with those we love. My sons, now adults, like nothing better than being served some special dish from their childhood. A simple chicken dish, pasta or soup can invoke warm memories. And there’s sure to be smiling faces whenever a favorite dessert is served.
There’s always something very special about recipes which have been handed down from generation to generation, such as Grammy Brouillette’s French Canadian Meat Pie. Years ago, when I was 15, I learned to prepare a pretty darn good lasagna from my beloved Italian-American neighbor. She, herself, inherited the recipe from her grandmother. Every person who loves to cook shares recipes – as well as often asking, “How did you make this? Can I have the recipe – And so it goes!
I started this blog, My Yellow Farmhouse, to share recipes, obviously, but also to share some of the life, love and laughter behind the recipes. I hope you enjoy your visit to My Yellow Farmhouse and that you plan to drop by again soon!
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